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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Sonya

    Did you have a healthy full term pregnancy? I was on the depo shot for 3 years and got pregnant 3 months later! But in the end lost the baby and the doctors don’t know why. They said everything looks good, my ovaries are good. Do you think it could be because of the depo shot?

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  • Sonya

    I was on the depo shot for 3 years and decided to not take it any more In December 2013 due to the stories of how bad it can be for your body and especially if you want kids in the near future. So I got my first actual period in February after not having it basically the whole time on the shot. And come to find out I got pregnant at the end of February but miscarried my Angel April 18th 2014. It was a very hard time for me and my spouse. The midwives said that everything looked fine, my ovaries and uterus are perfect and that there’s just no way to tell what could have been the problem. But basically I was just wondering if the shot could of been a part of this whole thing and how long is a safe time to wait to try again and have a healthy full term pregnancy?
    This pregnancy was a big surprise because i was taking the pills a month after I got off the shot but just the thought of us being parents was an amazing feeling and now we would like to actually make that a reality! Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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  • indi

    So i missed my 4th shot on the 16th of this month could i get pregnant immediately

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  • nikki

    Will getting on the pill after I stop Depo take longer to start ovulation again. A month before my next shot I started bleeding I was still bleeding at my appointment so I was given 7 days of estrogen to stop the bleeding and it worked temporally. I thought about just letting my body reset itself naturally and use condoms as birth control so I have not started taking the pills and the bleeding had come back. .. Its reminiscent of the bleeding after child birth meaning I’ve been bleeding for almost 2 months now. What’s the best way to get my body back properly functioning.

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  • neasha

    is there anything I can take or get over the counter to help me faster to get pregnant

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  • kiya

    I stopped taking the shot 3 months ago and now im spotting does that mean I should start trying to get pregnant?.or does.spotting not count as ovulation?

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  • DiamondBaby

    I have been on the depo shot abt a year nd a half now, get my periods every 3 months when the shot wears off. Now my question is if I should stay on the shot for at least 3-4 more years can I get pregnant after comin off it because I am starting nursing school September for 4years so pregnancy is not an option, have you ever had any case of a woman not being able to get pregnant because of the shot

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  • Jen

    Forgive me for repeating the same question. But let’s say the last shot was given in early January. The article states four month after stopping Depo is when your chances of conceiving increase. Does that mean in early May is when conception could possibly occur, or considering the next shot would have been early, April, four months from the missed shot… so Early August?

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  • babyblue

    I really want to know I was on the depo provera for 9 months then went off.10 days lated planned to conceive even ovulated since I now have a cyist too.doctor preg test came back with a very faint line????? please…. help!!!! could I be pregnant even if I have read that you its unlikely to fall preg so quick after leaving depo.. please beg u nedd help…goin crazy

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  • teentweet12

    I have been on depo for 5 years and just recieved my last shot December 2013 and started up my period 4 months ago march 2014 they have been somewhat normal but now it is June 2014 and my period is 6 days late should I be concerned or is it possible that it is just changing cycle? What is the likely hood of me being pregnant?

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  • Trice

    I had been on the shot for about 5-6years(maybe longer). I been off for about 2 1/2 years now. I want to start having kids. How long does the depo vera stay in my system or how long will it take for me to start having kids? I never been pregnant before either.

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  • Sarah

    I had my last shot in September 2013 and missed the one I was supposed to take in Dec because my husband and I want to conceive. My period finally came back after about 4-5 months but I’ve been bleeding for like 2 months now. It’s awful.

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  • Sarah

    I took my last shot in September of 2013. I’ve been bleeding (more than spotting but less than a full on period) for about 2 months now. Has anyone else experienced this? When will it stop?!

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  • Krittle

    Hi, I was meant to get the depo injection at the end of April but decided not to, since then my partner and I have had intercourse just recently and I have noticed increased discharge, sore breasts, and slight nausea. I am wondering if it is possible to get pregnant so quickly after going off the injection?

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  • Kate Combs

    I was on the depo shot for 4 years before deciding to go off of it. It has been a year since my last shot. About two days ago i started having mild cramping , yesterday the cramping started to get worse and kept me up all night last night. Now i am having very painful cramping that seems to happen every 5 to 10 minutes. When this happens the pain shoots down my vaginal area and seems to spread from my vaginal area to my lower back and butt. I also started bleeding tbis morning and have noticed pieces of tissue or blood clots in the toilet. Am i possibly having a miscarriage?

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  • Tia

    I’ve got my periods back the first month I stopped taking depo shots which I have taken for 3 years, does this mean I can convince easily? My cycle is 27 days…

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  • Victoria

    Hi :) I have a question for my sister… She got her first dose of the shot the beginning of July 2014 & her dr told her to wait 4 weeks because she could possibly get pregnant. She didn’t listen & has had sex several times this month & last month & hasn’t used any protection. She’s now complaining that she feels sick & has been throwing up & can’t keep anything down. Could she have a higher chance of being pregnant & if so would the test be accurate since there in one dose of the shot in her body? Thanks -Victoria

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  • :}

    hello i received my last shot of depo Oct 2013 then when i went back in Jan they gave me the two month shot i did not go back for another injection my menstrual cycle was every two weeks for 7 days long now i am 8 days late can you please tell me what is my chances of being pregnant

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  • Dan.19

    I have been on depo for 3 years I have not had my last shot due 9th may 2014
    I have since than started my period in July was a very light spotting period. For 5 days
    This time 2 weeks later I have another period this one is very very normal basically how it was was
    Pre depo injections. Is this a good sign for me to have things back so soon?
    Me and my husband are wanting to have. A baby

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  • Tiara

    I have been off the depo for 2 yrs now come September so why is it so hard for me to become pregnant again

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  • Trapstar Deevuh Keeng

    I have taken the depo shot one time. That was back in Nov.2013 after having a still birth. My next shot was suppose to be in March. I didnt go for it because i was planning on having a baby. Since then ii bled continuously for like 2 weeks straight. My period look like its getting back to normal now. I’ve been trying since i came off the shots to get pregnant and its really frustrating and depressing. Help me

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  • Daisha

    I stopped depo in March of this year. A month later I had a normal period but since then I haven’t had one. I’ve tested on five different occasions and they’ve all said negative. Please help.

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  • Diva22

    I have been on the shot for almost 3 years now and I wanna get pregnant my next shot is next month in September? How long do you think it will take?

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  • Bulli Buso

    hi

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  • Kealy Jean Letts

    Hi I have had only one shot of depo as my doctor did not tell me it would take me so long to conceive and after I had the shot I found out the information and didn’t want it anymore so I come off of all contraception all together. My last shot run out on the 30th June 2014 and I was wondering how long it would take for my body to come back to normal I am a 20 year old healthy women can anyone help please many thanks

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  • Ariel

    I’ve been off depo for 11 months now , and I only had a cycle twice which was in July and August. What are my chances of conceiveing?

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  • bbccjc

    Im in same boat ive been off the depo for an mine stsrted back at six months an every now again there up to a week late first time i freaked an got lil excited now that it’s happening couple more times..i just wait patientl

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  • lee

    I’ve been on the depo shot for five and a half years and I want to know how long it would take for me to conceive

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  • strangerthingshavehappened

    I was put on depo in 2005 after being diagnosed with endometriosis. I got off the shot in 2009 so my ex and I could try for a baby and after 4 months of being off the shot I got my period but then it never really went away. I bled for 6 months and endured a lot of ovarian cysts that would reach 7cm before rupturing.The last cyst I had was hemorrhalgic(sp?) And when it ruptured I prayed for death. I was taking 5 birth control pills a day and it still didn’t stop! I had to beg my doctor to put me back on depo after my blood count reached 6.2 and within 6 hours I stopped bleeding. So I went back on the depo in 2010 and now I’m trying again because well I’m almost 30 and god I want a child! Anyways so I missed my last shot in April and for the last 2 months I’ve been on and off bleeding.Not a lot but enough to cause some problems in the bedroom. Last month I got 8 days with out a pad. This month has been better but I’m concerned now because I started spotting the next day after having sex and it lasted about 5 days. I feel like I haven’t slept in days even though I sleep for 9 hours every night.and OMG my boobs hurt! Mainly my nipples but the rest is tender. With irregular periods its hard to know what’s going on with my body but I want to know if I should take a test or go see my gyno?

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  • Jen

    Hi my name is Jen. i have a 7 year old daughter after I had her I went on depo.I was on depo for 6 years and I just recently got off of it on october15,2013 I started to get my periods in April of 2014 & have them now every month some times they’ll be short sometimes it last a week and sometimes it be earlier or later in the month when I get them my question is how long will it take for me to get pregnant? I’m about to reach my year mark of being off depo? And is there anything I should do to prepair ?

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  • Provielle

    I just had my first dose of injection on 8/13/2014 if don’t get anymore what are my chances on getting pregnant in next 4-6 months?

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  • Nutcracker

    Been shot free since April 2014. What are my chances to conceive. Menstrual hv been comin ND lasting the same days as I’d I was never on.. has the shot wore off. I was on it for 2 yrs.

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  • tina

    I been off the shot a month but I bleed all three months .. Now I had sex but I started bleeding the next three days heavy could I he pregnant?

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  • Brooke

    My husband and i are seriously trying to have a baby I’ve on the birth control shot for 7 years i’ve been off it for about 6 or 7 months. What can i do to get pregnant quicker is there anything i can take so we can start our family.

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  • kb

    Hey. I have only taken the shot twice I was due yesterday but didn’t go what are my chances of becoming pregnant I just had a baby of march this year

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  • Britt

    Last depo shot was October 2011. Its now Sept 2014. Still not pregnant. Been married since May 2012. Starting to get discouraged. I’m 26 and my husband is 28 and we wanted to have our kids by 30. That’s not gonna happen…

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  • Mrs. Wright33

    I was on the depo Vera for 3-4 years now I’m off the shot and a month later I got my period. But in between that my fiancé and I had sex . I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive . A few days later I took another pregnancy test and it came negative . I don’t know if that was a just my hormones. How soon do you think that I can possibly become pregnant??

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  • tiff

    Ive been on depo shot for 5/6 years an I recently stop taking it about 2 months ago . How long do you think before I can concieve ?

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  • Nicole

    Hi there, my name is Nicole. I have been on Depo for 7 years, but stopped using it about 2 years ago after I got pregant on it, but lost the baby. I am still not pregnant again I am getting worried. Should I go to a doctor??? What can the problem be???

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  • Zoe

    Glad to hear this! I’ve been on it for 4 years and this gives me hope!

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  • Lily hurst

    My last depo shot was 4-5 months ago I hav been bleeding for 16 days now and having cramps but the last time I stopped the depo I fell pregnant the next week why is it taking longer this time? Is there anything I can do to stop the bleeding?

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  • che

    I took 2 deposit shots is be at least 4 months and I never took another one period goes off and come back on

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  • charlene dodds

    hi their i was reading this and was wndring where you get Hormone cleansing therapies from i am wanting to have a seond child

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  • jess b

    If it has been a month or 2 since the depo shot ran out, I still haven’t gotten my period is it possible for me to get pregnant without ovulation??

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